Yellow Mountain Golden Spears, Huangshan Mao Feng
Huangshan Mao Feng is one of the ‘Ten Famous’ teas of China. Huangshan Mountain is an area given natural heritage protection status by the United Nations. Tea bushes thrive in this beautiful landscape, where the precipices are high, the gorges deep, mist rolls like waves on the sea and crystal streams flow everywhere. This stunning landscape can be seen in the film ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. The high humidity, short days and fine water and soil conservation give a natural advantage to this exquisitely hand crafted leaf. Its shape is straight and regular with a covering of fine golden down. Its scent and flavour are pronounced and refreshing with a fragrance reminiscent of magnolias. There is a beautiful legend associated with this tea. ‘A young man and woman from a tea garden were in love, but the wicked local tyrant stole her for his concubine. She escaped only to find that the tyrant had killed her lover. She searched for his body and found it deep in the mountains, she wept and wept, until she became the rain and her lovers body turned into a tea bush’. That is why, so it is said, Huangshan Mountain is covered in rain and mist all year round. This special tea has all the alleged health benefits associated with green tea and the leaves can be brewed three times, making it surprisingly economical.